A 27-year-old man jumped onto the railway tracks from the emergency exit of the train on the Tseung Kwan O line, causing the MTR service to be halted for 15 minutes.
The man, surnamed Luk, was said to be emotionally unstable after he lost his job and broke up with his girlfriend, although he does not have a history of mental illness, Ming Pao Daily reported.
At about 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, Luk was aboard a train about to depart the LOHAS Park station for the next stop at Tseung Kwan O, when the train driver noticed an alarm indicating an emergency exit was opened.
The Operations Control Center was notified and it suspended the train for urgent inspection.
Platform staff saw Luk jumping out of the emergency exit from the driver’s compartment at the other end of the train. The staff stopped him and took him back to the platform.
Luk was able to free himself and dashed toward the front of the train, where he again jumped onto the rails.
The train driver and several other MTR staff gave chase and when they finally caught him, took him to the reporting room and called the police.
Luk, who was injured in the head, was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital for treatment. He will face charges for violation of MTR by-laws.
Train services between LOHAS Park and Tseung Kwan O were suspended for about 15 minutes and resumed at 10:55 a.m.
Lam Wai-keung, chairman of the Hong Kong MTR Staff General Association, said the exits inside the driver’s compartments remain unlocked because they serve as exits for passengers during an emergency.
Lam said it was a rare incident but he expressed concern over the safety of train drivers, and called for the MTR to enhance safety measures for employees.
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